Ravenna Integrated Preschool invited me to perform two storytelling events with the theme, KID INVENTOR DAY. After much thought and reading piles of books I decided that I would focus on Ohio Inventors. I chose the inventors; Harry Stevens (hot dog), Garrett Morgan (traffic signal), and Thomas Edison (light bulb) -- three Ohio inventors whose inventions would unlock my storytelling creativity.
The best hot dog book I found was Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems. I have a friend who made a pigeon costume for Halloween last year. I decided I needed to make a costume of my own.
|The costume was rather simple to make. I purchased a blue surf towel from Amazon. Then, I sewed on some eyes, wore a baseball cap with a yellow bill, attached a piece of foam to a belt, and viola!|
|I was ready to eat the hot dog, but the duckling kept interrupting.|
|I think I have their attention. Weird guys in pigeon costumes will do that!|
|Mo Willems' books are great for paired reading. Two copies of the book is a must!|
|I made a few traffic light props. I had student volunteers hold them up during our movement activity.|
|Stop the light is red! Now...the light is green, march, march, march. Now the light is yellow, march, slooooooow.|
|This is a simple but fun idea. I used a large light, a white sheet, and a bag full of items to create a shadow guessing game. A student volunteer held up the items for the others in the audience to guess. The first bag was full of kitchen utensils.|
|The second bag was full of winter clothing items.|
|The third bag was full of stuffed animals.|
They loved DODO!
|I found this astronaut hat at a garage sale many years ago. It has come in handy when reading DODO!|
|I love wearing a clown wig!|